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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


It wasn’t the way things were supposed to work out. The promise of having friends and family visit was one of the main selling points in moving into assisted living. The ability to maintain contacts would keep him from going insane.

Now it’s just the staff. The same old staff now wearing masks. What the hell has happened. They say the most terrible legal sentence to impose on someone was solitary confinement.

Far beyond the window, at the edge of some tall willows and behind the gate, he can see his granddaughter. Even from here he can see her crying.



  1. As I just said elsewhere, this is today’s world in a nutshell.
    I have already missed my annual spring visit to Scotland and then my grandson’s birthday.
    Isolation wears different coats.

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  2. Well you’ve nailed that one. I haven’t seen my elderly folks for 3 months, and am sick of shouty phone calls due to their deafness. I wonder when me and my kids will be able to see them, they are home alone, with only neighbours for company, which thankfully they are keeping. I’m considering asking them if they’d like to move over towards us and the kids. But they’re stubborn, I know what the answer will be …

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  3. This is such a sad reality, and in the US, amplified by the chronic lack of PPE’s which did not allow even the consideration of allowing visitors. Not when the precious PPE’s are required for the staff to be able to offer basic care to the residents. What I understand less is the isolating WITHIN the nursing homes, of residents from each other. They are effectively quaranteened already, the way family who live in the same home does. Why not let them be with each other? Oy, these are tough times.

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    • I volunteer for an animal league and my dog is an “doggie diplomat” and we used to spend every Friday with folks in one of our local assisted living places. We can no longer make our visits. I have heard that they miss our weekly visits.

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